Thursday, January 31, 2013

Guest Blogger: Craig Douglas


BMB would like to welcome Craig Douglas, an avid blogger and writer! We wish him the best in his endeavors and look forward to hearing more of his awesomeness!
 
 
I’m Craig, I’m a typical middle aged bloke who has the mental age of a nine year old.  I’m also a father of two monsters and husband to a tyrant.  I’ve never been free – I’ve always been chained to something, the British Army was one such entity and it threw me around places at its MOD’s disposal.  Since leaving the Army I’ve been a slave to the wife and incarcerated into marriage servitude.

Nah, it’s not that bad.  I run a website called www.gritfiction.com, it focuses on non-fiction and fiction.  I enjoy writing short stories and flash fiction.  I didn’t think I’d write about the stuff I write about as a child.  I had my head stuck in all those fantasy books and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.  I was in to Dungeons and Dragons and the Warhammer 40k tabletop wargames.  I wanted to write about Wizards and Dragons and Warriors with double bladed axes.  But alas, it was not to be.  I found normal life more fantastical and horrifying than any of those Role Playing Games. 

My work is influenced by the people I worked with in the British Army and the dangerous places I went to during my 22 years there.  I conjure up experiences from my past; my failed relationships; my successful relationship with alcohol and its doom when I married. 

What is this?

Now let's shrink things down. Here's what velcro looks like close up:

Can you guess what this up close and personal picture really is?

Fake Names and Classic Wednesday


By JccKeith

Ever give some thought to your pen name?  I am certain everyone has at some point, thought of a name they would use in various circumstances.  Some people have numerous names.  They have a superhero name, a zombie name, a rockstar name, a nickname and on and on. 

I suppose you could use your superhero name as your writing or pen name.  It would be one way to grab attention.  Unless your superhero name is lame like the Black Shirt or the Crimson Shoelace or perhaps even the Flying Rat.  In such case, I would suggest working on the art of writing to gain attention rather than a flashy name.

Now, for those who simply can’t think of a great pen name, I’ll offer some examples.  There is one uber famous classic author who stole his pen name from a riverboat term.  You see, two fathoms is a depth of safe passage for a riverboat.  An old word for two is twain.  I’m sure that gives it away.  Yes, Samuel Langhorne Clemens worked for years as a riverboat captain and so found a pen name.  He said the cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms was mark twain. 

  • Samuel Clemens also used two other pen names.  At one point he signed sketches as “Josh.”  He also used the name Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass.  Just so you know.

What They Said: C.S. Lewis


By: Michala T.

This quote is particularly on my mind because of a past and again recent conversation I had with a coworker turned friend had. When I had first started my job with the hotel, the girl training me had been humming a little tune and I immediately and eagerly squealed out the name of the musical it was from. Her eyes went wide, her grin even wider and she said something along the lines of that quote.

I have always known my style was unique…and the tv and movies I like…along with the music is something that doesn’t appeal to the greater population. So standing beside someone who had so much in similar with myself was an amazing moment…definitely on the top 100 of the most momentous events in my life. HAHA

I have another friend who suffered through a lot of awful pain at the hands of someone I too endured conflict with. After over a decade of not talking with each other…due to growing up and moving on with our lives we reconnected thanks to social sites today. It was as though we were never separated. She and I are still very much the best friends we were in those days gone by. We know that it is true…we are not the only one and we are bridged by that truth…and our friendship will live on, whether we speak daily or go months without talking.

With the birth and growth of BMB I have made new friends and I’m more blessed with every day that passes.  I have this one quirky crazy friend who I just love talking with. Her bizarre sayings hit me to the core and make me laugh that deep belly laugh. Friends like that are keepers. And even better are the moments we spend in conversation about our writings…and one will say something and she (or I) may as well have ignited the torch the Statue of Liberty holds for the total realization of an amazing story line that ignited with just a sentence, an off the hand remark, or a great question.  It’s that connection that one can’t find often.

I fortunately have in the last 3 years felt those connections left and right. I have found a co-writer who has admittedly become like a drug to me….I am constantly waiting for the next time I can run something by him because I know that as good as my idea is…he will help make it EPIC. I have found a girlfriend who I can chat with day or night and know that if I am having a dilemma in my writing…she will help me work through it. I have a best friend who I know I never have to alter my words…I can say whatever I want  without restraining my verbage and know she will never judge me, not my words or my actions. 

I felt for the longest time that making friends was nearly impossible, especially being an adult. I have since changed my mind. I just wasn’t putting myself out there to make and find those friends. I may be worlds apart from them…or even an hour away. I may not see them but once a year or once a month…but they are still there for me. For the most part…this is what my writing has done for me. If I did not write, if I did not blog, if I did not seek out people I wouldn’t have these opportunities to squeal in delight and say…”OMGosh…You too! I thought I was the only one!”

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Living, Working, & Playing


By: Michala T.
I no longer know which I am doing from day to day. It is all running together.  Bitemybook (BMB) which originally was intended to be a platform for my own writing and reading has evolved so much. I’m in no way complaining. I should have known myself well enough to know I would turn it into a place where I could help others do what was meant to help me. (It has helped me in more ways than I ever imagined or had designed for myself!)

I’ve reached out to other writers and am truly loving all the interesting people I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with. It behooves me there are so many out there who are doing much the same as myself because for some reason I can’t help but think of those things in small-scale terms. This is ridiculous of me because time and time again I am confronted with grand-scale effects.

Take for example, Twitter. I am new to it. At first I didn’t really care much for it but that was because I didn’t apply time and energy into really trying to understand it. I was stuck on small-scale thinking. How could anyone ever ‘work’ and sift through so many followers. Recently however I’ve approached it with a more open mind. I started reading and retweeting four tweets that I liked every time I logged on. Those small seemingly insignificant retweets of mine however reached even more people than they had before I retweeted them. That is my idea of large scale thinking.

Now I am reaching out more and am having a great time doing so. But what was playing has crossed into a line more fitting for working. Again, no complaining…I’ve just given myself more work to do. But that’s okay. I’m doing what I am passionate about so doesn’t that essentially cross over into the line of ‘living’? I would say so, wouldn’t you?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Tuesday List

Yeah... It's a pic of
Chlorophyll.  Totally unrelated
Just wanted to share

By JccKeith

It’s Tuesday again but this time I was prepared.  I paid attention and came up with a stellar list for you tonight.  I watched all my favorite movies and came up with my top five movies.  Then I decided that my tastes are not necessarily the same as everyone elses.  So I scrapped that list.

Next I came up with a list of my favorite actors but seeing as how most of them are actors on science fiction shows, I scrapped that too.  Not everyone is a fan of sci-fi shows.  Then again, some people need better taste in television shows.  Not that I can really talk since I’m currently watching Forever Knight on DVD courtesy of Netflix.  Not by choice by the way, my husband is watching it and I happen to be in the room – which I believe qualifies as ‘watching.’

I considered giving you my top ten ways to avoid doing any actual work.  Things like simply restarting the dryer to unwrinkle clothes and having a spray bottle of Pinesol to clean up spills rather than having to clean the entire floor were on the list.  But you can find those simple tricks on the internet anywhere.

I came across two great sites today that had lists.  One was how to annoy people and it was very interesting.  It made me laugh.  I won’t post anything here from that list because that would be stealing someone else’s hilarious contribution to the internet.  Besides, I posted it on my Facebook account and I hate to repeat myself.

What They Said and What I Say


By JccKeith

I don’t know who said it first so I’ll just say that they say, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

That’s a nifty little saying for all of those people who walk away from trials and/or tribulations feeling much the stronger person.  Now mind you, I did NOT say that these people walk away feeling like better people or nicer people or more appreciative people.  No, this handy little phrase specifies strength not any other wonderful qualities one might take away from troubled times.

I say, and most whole heartedly feel, that this phrase can kiss my ass.  I have dealt with very few things in my life that left me feeling ‘stronger.’  Yes I have had many difficulties that left me feeling like a better person or a wiser person or other such beneficial things.  It is the strength part I have a problem with. 

Unless you’re talking about basic training or training before volleyball season or track practice or anything which serves to develop strength then just shut it.  Most of the difficulties in my life that I have obviously survived seeing as how I’m still breathing at the moment – have left me feeling tired, depleted, emotionally drained, exhausted, weakened from the fight and hoping to never have to endure such a thing again.


Even that feeling you sometimes get of appreciation for the journey is not equivalent to strength.  Feeling good that you saw it through till the bitter end or survived the ordeal or lived to fight another day is not strength. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Rumble Royally

By: William G. Muir
Last night was the most electrifying night of the year. The Rock (that would be Dewayne Johnson for the movie going public) stepped back into the squared circle. And while the millions, and I mean millions of The Rocks fans all across the world watched him take his boot, turn it side, shine that son of a bitch up and stick straight up CM Punks candy ass last night. Winning his first WWE Heavyweight Championship in ten years. This is The Rock's eighth reign as  the champ.
CM Punk and The Rock

I am talking about the main event of last nights WWE Pay-Per-View The Royal Rumble. And yes this article is going to be about professional wrestling. For those of you that do not know I am fan of pro wrestling. I have been so ever since I was a young child. To date I have thirty or so years of watching wrestling under my belt and I do not think there is going to be a time in my life that I don't watch the sport.
Yes I said sport, and despite what Vince McMahon would have you believe, or what the naysayers will tell you, professional wrestling is a sport. Before anyone pops up to say that pro wrestling is fake, just stop. I know that the outcome of the matches are decided before hand. So what, I just don't care. I go to movies, I watch TV and read books. All of which are scripted forms of entertainment. In each one of those the outcome is predetermined before I watch them. So why should I give them a pass and turn up my nose at wrestling.

I can already hear someone say that those forms of entertainment do not claim to be real. Oh really? Anybody remember that the Blair Witch Project was originally promoted as being a "true story." Or what about James Frey who's book A Million Little Pieces fooled Oprah Winfrey? The public knows that wrestling is scripted, the blows for the most part are pulled and not all the injuries are real. But there are parts about wrestling that are very much real. There is way to fake a fall form twenty-five feet in the air.

 

Professional wrestling was the first sport I ever followed on a consistent basis. Sure before I ever started to really watch wrestling my mother had signed me up for little league football (quit after first practice), little league soccer (quit before first game), little league baseball (only played one season) and little league basketball (I played off and on for years, even played my freshman year of high school). But wrestling was the first sport that ever caught my eye as a fan. 
Vince McMahon
Hulk Hogan
Like any boy of my age I was a Hulk Hogan fan. For those of my generation Hulk Hogan was our gateway into the sport of professional wrestling. In the 80's there was no wrestler bigger than Hulk Hogan and that was thanks to Vince McMahon. He saw the potential that lay within the Hulkster and exploited it for all that it was worth. Vince rolled the dice on Hulk Hogan many time over the years. Risking the financial collapse of his then small wrestling territory. If The War to Settle the Score or the first Wrestlemania had been disasters the then WWF would have been done for. But the power Hulkamania made both events a success.

This led the WWF growing far beyond it's Northeastern territory into the global corporation the WWE is today. 

Book Review: The Deepest Cut by J.A. Templeton


The Deepest Cut (MacKinnon Curse #1)
by J.A. Templeton
Reviewed by Michala T.
The Deepest Cut (MacKinnon Curse, #1) 
This book…well, I must admit, I just took a deep sigh as I wrote that. I wasn’t certain on what to expect. The story started off pretty neat. After her mother was killed and she was nearly killed, Riley found she had the ability to see spirits. Riley struggles with feelings of guilt and begins self-cutting. Due to all the stress of the death and a new career opportunity for her dad, Riley and her family move to Scotland. Of course with such an ability, it was expected that moving in to an old Inn she would see spirits. She sees and meets Ian, a ghost who was poisoned by a servant in his castle who was in love with him. Riley, after initially not wanting to become acquainted with him decides she is going to help him by breaking the curse and setting him free. After this, the storyline plummeted. I’m of the mind that this novel wouldn’t have been so bad had I been a twelve or thirteen year old reading it.

            I had the most difficult time with this novel because the facts of magic and the limits of them is never set in place. Because of this…everytime Riley touched Ian, held hands with Ian, and kissed Ian…my mind was telling me SHE CAN’T TOUCH GHOSTS! If Riley hadn’t initially walked right through the ghost as she had in the beginning I might have believed it could happen. There are rules an author makes when writing a book…and then they must keep to those rules. This author did not.

            As if that wasn’t bad enough, Riley is thrust into quite emotional scenes and comes out as if she had just walked through the mall, her day wasn’t too bad, and she could sleep comfortably that night. Um..no. If I was locked in a mausoleum for an hour and a scorned lover ghost was choking me, I wouldn’t come out at the end of the hour and say, “oh…you all are still here?”

            She gains information on ghosts, spells, and the likes by just a few clicks of the computer a book or two from the library? It isn’t working for me. The author just didn’t make this story believable enough for me. With scene jumping and very little real character build-up I am surprised I read this book to the very end.

            The worst thing was the cutting. This element was added in and I think it could have been so much more stronger. But it wasn’t. And it seemed the writer thought the cure to all Riley’s aches would be a boy. And not just any boy…a ghost boy. No wait, the worst thing was the ending. I’m sorry…she should have left it with the first ending. But no, she had to drag it on and make it a second go around and the ending made no sense.
           
            I have faith in writers however. This writer is giving it a second go and you know what…the first book is a chance to make mistakes. The second book is a chance to learn from your mistakes. I hope she does this. I hope she has acclimated herself to the world of being a published author and a writer. Here’s to hoping and wishing.

My verdict: 2/10

Book Review: Something Witchy This Way Comes


 Something Witchy This Way Comes (Jolie Wilkins #5)
Something Witchy This Way Comes (Jolie Wilkins, #5)by H.P. Mallory
Reviewed by Michala T.

            Jolie never asked to be Queen of the Underworld. She has been forced every step of the way. She never asked to be a witch. She never asked to wage war against others from the Underworld. Be that as it may, she takes everything very seriously. Especially the Lurkers who are threatening the very existence of the Underworld and all those she cares for and rules over. So she isn’t about to bow out of this gracefully.

            When the Lurkers start messing with her head, telling her things she doesn’t know what to make of or whether she can believe or not…she isn’t sure who to go to if anyone at all. And even though she has the most powerful Warlock on her side, she doesn’t feel comfortable talking to Rand about the things that she hears and sees.

            And then there is Sinjin. He made the ultimate wrong powerplay in forcing the past to be altered. For that, Jolie must show everyone there are consequences…even when she doesn’t agree with the harshness of such consequences. And with him out of the picture, with the Lurkers ever more present, Jolie is heading into some darkness that she just may not be able to get out of.

            Now this book is the last of the series that the H.P. Mallory has written. I’m not sure whether she intends on writing more or not. I wasn’t especially over-thrilled with this book. There were aspects that I just wasn’t feeling. I honestly felt that Mallory had allowed Sinjin his five minutes in the spotlight and then it should have been done and over with. But it isn’t. The author is still writing Jolie with having feelings for Sinjin. The only problem is, she’s bonded with Rand and that should be it. Done. No more.

            This book had elements that were unique, as Mallory is so quite capable of doing. The Lurkers have been a constant small plot that has ran through the books and for the most part…building up to this exact book. Unfortunately, it was all rushed. It was too personal. It was all wrong. In my opinion, of course. To have a new character introduced into the series and then left with so much unresolved is just wrong. 
Completely wrong. I would have preferred the writer quit with the last book if she was going to go about this book in this manner.

            Sadly, this book was not my favorite and to have it a series and end the way it did my verdict went down and down and down.

My Verdict: 3/10

Sunday, January 27, 2013

First & Last Verdict for Madly

First & Last Verdict for Madly by M. Leighton
by: Michala T.

Madly (Madly, #1)I'm sorry. I couldn't get into this book. I did read the entire first chapter and that was as far as I got. I'm sure it is a good read. It could be a great read. Goodreads currently has it at four stars. I just don't get into mermaids and that is what this novel entails. I know my likes and my dislikes...and I can't fault a potentially excellent novel being scored low just because I don't get into it. So I'm passing it to the next person. I'm asking for anyone who has read the book to send me a review of their own for the novel. I'd be thrilled to post your review. 

Until then, I have added Goodreads book blurb so you can read what it is about and maybe, just maybe I'll find someone else to review it. 

Blurb:

Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. 

In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both?

This novelette introduces you to Madly and prepares you for the quest of a lifetime

My Verdict: N/A 

First & Last: Madly by M. Leighton


Madly (Madly, #1)By: Michala T

I would just like to say that I thought this book cover was amazing and it is the reason I picked the book up in the first place. I didn't even realize M. Leighton was the author until just a bit ago. Isn't it a beauty though. Kudos to the illustrator/artist!!!

First: I looked out the classroom window, wishing I was outdoors enjoying the ambient conditions of Slumber, conditions that I’d come to love in a relatively short amount of time.

Last: She had no idea that a werewolf was coming for her, intent on finishing what he’d started hundreds of years before, or that we were the only ones who could stop it.

            Okay, my first thought is this is a run on sentence. LOL. My second thought is what does she mean by conditions of Slumber? Slumber had an uppercase ‘S’ so I’m assuming it’s a city or something…some kind of place. Classroom…makes me wonder is she in school, teaching school, or what. Ambient is a word I wouldn’t use in a first sentence. I don’t know why…it’s just not a friendly kind of word. I mean really, if you looked up the definition of this word…you would leave the dictionary MORE confused than you felt going in. This opening didn’t really do it for me. It makes me think that I might get to my thirty pages (that’s the point where I decide whether I’ll read the book to the end or close up shop then and there) and not want to give any more of time to the novel.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Book Review: The Witch is Back by H.P. Mallory


The Witch is Back by H.P.Mallory (Book 4 of Jolie Wilkins Series)
by Michala T.

The Witch Is Back (Jolie Wilkins #4)            Jolie is thrust in the her past immediately in the beginning of this novel. She is back to her Tarot Card reading days in her Los Angeles fortune-telling business. Everything is back to how it was before she learned she was a witch and things are playing its course all over again. Except this time, instead of meeting Rand first…she meets Sinjin. She immediately feels the electric chemistry, as she always had but this time she goes for it. Sinjin scares her and she is shocked to learn he is a vampire; even more shocked to learn she is a witch.
And then, in walks Rand Balfour, who she can’t help but feel as if she knows him more than she does. Sinjin, however, tells her he is dangerous…tricking her with his magic. And she doesn't trust him one bit after that. But Rand isn’t about to give up. Not after only finally bonding before Sinjin performed the spell to alternate Jolie’s past.

            If I say anymore about this book I’ll surely give away some good stuff…and as they say on Doctor Who…No Spoilers!  I wouldn't begrudge you the chance to read and experience everything for yourself. And believe me…this is one you definitely don’t want to miss! If you've read the first three books…this one is the one everybody has been waiting for. Sinjin gets his chance…his big role and Mallory doesn't displease!

            The characters are well-groomed by now but all those small hopes and wishes you've been aching to experience actually get to play out in this book. And Amazon makes the books so darn inexpensive it’s ridiculous for you NOT to buy the entire series. 

My Verdict: 10/10

Fake Plastic Trees By Radiohead Lyric Review


By JccKeith

It’s lyric review time!  Now normally I would do a more well known and popular song.  I like to review songs that I feel most people anywhere and everywhere have heard.  Radiohead is an English rock band and although some of their songs are popular, not all of them have as much air time on the radio.

I could have done a review of their uber popular song Creep but I like this one better.  I don’t know why that is because I find the video extremely odd and a little creepy.  Here it is so you can see for yourself:



Fake Plastic Trees as written by Thomas Edward Yorke, Edward John O’brien, Colin Charles Greenwood, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, and Philip James Selway:

Friday, January 25, 2013

What a Cover!!!

Caged by J.A. Belfield This cover was just revealed by J Taylor Publishing and I think it looks scrumptious. I haven't read the book but according to the book blurb I think its a winner. What do you think?

From the back of the book:
If the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.
For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself. Always.
Not this time.
Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.
What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.
If he survives.
Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.
Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.
 
Have you read this yet? Or any books by the author? Let us know what you think? How many stars did you rate it?

This Week in Pseudo-History

By: William G. Muir
This week in 1984 Hulk Hogan beat the Iron Sheik to win his first ever WWF Heavyweight Championship. This was the launching point of what would later become known as Hulkamania. While the “Hulkster” was busy becoming the first man to ever escape the Camel Clutch, another professional wrestler was making history on that night as well.

Some 1,155 miles south of the celebration that was going on in Madison Square Gardens that night; in a small town Alabama high gymnasium. Pro wrestler Bobby “The Brick Layer” Lukasiewicz was loosing his 300th wrestling match to German born wrestler Klaus Himler. A notorious Nazi sympathizer. The match ended under a cloud of controversy when Himler's manager, The Crazy Russian, distracted the referee. While the referee was busy trying to get The Crazy Russian out of the ring, Himler reached into his left boot and pulled out a pair of brass knuckles. After hitting Lukasiewicz with the foreign object Himler slipped them in to his shorts and cover Lukasiewicz for the one, two, three.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Review: Toil and Trouble by H.P. Mallory

by: Michala T.

Toil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins, #2)TOIL AND TROUBLE

BOOK 2 OF THE JOLIE WILKINS SERIES

So I dived right into book 2 of the series and finished it in one day. It was totally awesome and I am already half way through book 3. But, again, let's focus on this one. LOL
 
Jolie finds herself in the center of the underworld civil war and its all about her. While she still struggles with her feelings with Rand and his incessant 'we can't do this' because of his torn emotions of love and his call of duty and she can't help but wonder if he will ever come around.
 
It doens't help that she has a very sexy vampire who is determined to have her as his own. The warlock and the vampire are constantly going at it. Sometimes it does annoying reading it...but Mallory does well to hold the readers attention and interest.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Book Review: H.P. Mallory and this week's Favorite Author

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins, #1)by: Michala T.

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

by H.P. Mallory

It all started with an innocent download onto my Kindle Fire. I didn't even have to pay for the first book in her Jolie Wilkins Series. But of course...isn't that how addictions are created? Ha! So I must admit this first novel is either a big hit or a big miss and you either love or hate it. For those who love it...the books keep getting better. (But I must stay on book one.)

If you keep up with the site I had opened the book as a FIRST & LAST experience in which I reviewed the first and last sentences. Even in my orginal review I was eager to propel myself into the story. I wasn't disappointed in the least.

The Story

Jolie is your basic run of the mill tarot card reader and psychic. She operates her business with her best friend and she isn’t making mad money with her skills but she does know that her skills are real. And oh how real they are!

Tuesday's Tops


By JccKeith

Here it is Tuesday again and I still haven’t comprised a decent top 3,5 or 10 list.  When I recommend books or writers, I know them pretty well.  If it’s a book I am recommending, I have definitely read it and probably multiple times.  If it is an author, I know their works and am familiar with their writing style and typical subject matter. 

Since I touch on the classics on Wednesday, I don’t feel the need to recommend any classic authors or books on Tuesdays.  Unfortunately, that means I have a lot more research to do before I can recommend any contemporary authors other than the ones I’ve already mentioned.

This coming up with a 3,5 or 10 list every Tuesday is harder than it seems.  In fact, I would swear this Tuesday business comes up at least once a week – every seven days even.  If I lived an exciting life I could just use whatever happened to come up each Tuesday.

I do not lead the exciting life.  I suppose, based on my trip to Home Depot today to pick up my new kitchen floor tiles, I could give you an excellent list of the top 5 floor colors.  Being the snarky critical consumer that I am, I could also give a fairly decent list of the top 5 mistakes in Home Depot’s organization and presentation of consumer products, such as flooring materials.

The store would be much easier to navigate if they would just use a little honesty.  Instead of those huge generalized signs that say things like “Flooring” or “Renovation” they need to be more specific.  I need signs that say things like “Really Expensive Flooring” and “Reasonably Priced Flooring” and “Total Crap Flooring” along with “Who are You Kidding – Do It Yourself Flooring” or better yet, a section with a sign that reads “Here Is Everything You Need To Complete This Renovation of Your Kitchen.”

On my way home, thinking about what to have for lunch, I contemplated the options.  As I drove past several fast food places I considered some things.  I could theoretically make a list of the best fast food places.  The problem with getting any fast food for lunch is that I only like certain things from certain places.  Rather than drive from place to place I usually end up getting things all from the same place.  Why can’t they just combine McDonalds, Subway, Wendys, Taco Bell, Rallys, Burger King and that sushi place near Subway?

I did, as usual, keep driving past the fast food area and went home where I had some yogurt and granola topped with blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.  I’d be in real trouble if they combined all the fast food places.  I might stop there frequently. They could combine them all into one long name: Rally to Wendy’s Subway King of the Burger and Ringer of the Taco Bell’s McSushi.  Or they could just call it McHeartAttacks. 

In the interest of promoting healthy eating habits, I decided on a top 5 list of berries.  So here you have it, in order of least to best:

These Are Berries
5. Blackberries – I don’t particularly care for the taste unless drowned in yogurt but they have some great health benefits.

4. Rasperries – Yet again, not a fan of the taste outside of drowned in yogurt but also have some great health benefits

3. Blueberries – Not a big fan of these either but dipped in a low fat yogurt they aren’t so bad

2. Canteloupe – Alright, not a berry but they are round and oh so yummy and great for you

1. Strawberries – Very tasty and very healthy for you

Also, if you eat some real berries in some yogurt with granola while reading a book in some public place – it makes you look like one of those really healthy, active people.  You get the approval look from passersby.  Joggers and walkers look at you like, “Yeah, you’re eatin’ healthy, you’re one of us.”

Now granted, I may be sitting in Waterfront Park where I know people jog and walk while I eat my yogurt and berries and granola while reading a book.  I may feel good about that look of comraderie they give me as they jog or ride their bike past me.  And then once I finish my yogurt I go back home to sit in front of my television and watch my favorite Sci-fi shows and type on the computer.

Monday, January 21, 2013

What They Said Monday


“You can’t walk out on your own story.”  - The Clint Eastwood-like character in Rango

By JccKeith

It is true that you can’t walk out on your own story.  You also can’t change what has already been written.  Not really.  You can alter your own memories and you can lie about what has already happened but it doesn’t change the facts. 

What you can do is decide what to write next.  You can decide how your story will go from now on until it’s over.  And yes, it will, someday, be finished.  That is also something you can’t change.  Nobody lives forever – well nobody except vampires, immortals, liches, some elves and gods.  If you happen to be one of them, then I stand corrected.  I also happen to have the name of a few good doctors you might consult on the issue of your being immortal.

For the rest of us who live in the real world, most of the time, there comes a point in life where you have to look around, take stock of your life and decide where to go from there.  If you had dreams of achievement you need to decide whether to continue pursuing those or give them up entirely.  Chasing dreams which are no longer important just because you have always chased them is useless. 

Aside from evaluating your priorities and overall direction in life you also have to decide on an action.  Too many people are willing to sit back and let life happen to them and then deal with the consequences.  That is not the same as writing your own story.  Writing your own story involves action on your part.  You have to move forward towards your goal not just relax and go with the flow.  You will never get where you want to be by allowing the general flow of things to take you there.

Alright, enough of this attempt at motivation.  I am exhausted and it would seem not in the right frame of mind to offer any inspiring words of wisdom.  I might also add that I’m watching Braveheart by Mel Gibson while I’m typing. To say the least, I feel my skills pale in comparison to that of Wiliam Wallace by way of stirring people to action.  Yes, yes, I realize the movie is not a depiction of exact facts but it has an effect nonetheless.

Prediction Results

By William G. Muir
The results are in. The tickets have been purchased (by the teams). And we now know who will be playing in Super Bowl XLVII.

This years Super Bowl will take place between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. The polls are now open (off to the right side) for you to pick which team you think will be crowned this year's champions. Even if you don't like football or sports in general please still cast a vote. Show all your Fantasy Football friends you know more than they do.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Poll Results and My Predictions 1/20/13

With a total of three votes it looks like you people like Baltimore v. Atlanta to play in Super Bowl XLVII.

Poll Results
Baltimore v. Atlanta - 66% (2)
New England v. San Francisco - 33% (1)
New England v. Atlanta - 0% (0)
Baltimore v. San Francisco - 0% (0)

My prediction:
New England v. San Francisco.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Lyric Review: People are Strange


Lyric Review

By JccKeith

It may be the understatement of the year but People Are Strange is also the name of a song written and performed by The Doors in 1967. It was supposedly written after guitarist Robby Krieger and lead singer Jim Morrison made a trek up Laurel Canyon.  According to Wikipedia, drummer John Densmore felt the song was an expression of Jim Morrison’s vulnerability. 

Personally, I had heard this song was about drugs.  Looking up the lyrics and rereading them looking for any sign of drug related imagery, I found very little.  Sure some of the lines could be viewed as related to being on a drug induced trip.  The lines could also be just as easily interpreted in a literal way.
I’ll offer both just for fun.  Here’s the song, for anyone who didn’t see the Oliver Stone movie about The Doors or who hasn’t ever listened to a radio:


The Lyrics to People Are Strange:

People are strange when you’re a stranger  [Literally this could be referencing the fact that when

Friday, January 18, 2013

Author of the Week Book Blurbs!















 
Stream Liner of the Lost Souls (Horror)
                 
Stream Liner of the Lost Souls Description: In the town of Littleworth Shannon is desperate to take herself and her only brother away from the drugs and gangs that have overrun the town. With the law enforcement making the area a 'no go zone', the corruption is rife. With one of her brothers and both parents dead, she has no intention of losing the only sibling she has left. Unfortunately for her, her brother has no intention of leaving. He thrives on drugs and violence; this is his world and he feels he is here to stay. That is, until something happens-so gruesome, so violent, that even the Devil himself would have been proud of the ensuing developments. This dramatically changes things, not only for Shannon and her brother, but for all mankind. When you're dead, you're dead, right? Wrong You can run, but you cannot hide from the 'Stream Liner'

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Interview with Paul Leslie Griffiths

Full Interview can be for eddiemcgarrity.blogspot.com


 The first three books in the series are:
Stream Liner of the Lost Souls”
“Stream Liner Meets the Devils Spawn”
“Legacy of the Stream Liner”


The first book in the series started as an escape route for me. I was in a bad place at the time due to a marriage split. I would sit at my computer and lose myself in a world where I felt I belonged and had full control of exactly what happened. There are really dark bits in that first book and I put that down to the place my mind was at that time. This quote at the start of my first book may give you an idea of exactly where my mind was at that time:
There’s a time to live and a time todie.
The only trouble is, when would you know?
When would your mind let you freely sacrifice your life? Life is as long or as short as you want it to be?
Or so they say.

 
 

Classic Corner: Goin' Solo


By JccKeith

It’s Wednesday and on Wednesday’s I usually write classic corner.  It’s usually about either a classic novel or an author of classic literature.  I have to be honest with you, I was happy to journey back to my bookshelf – the special one in my living room with all my classics on it – and bask in the brilliance that is classic literature.

I would like to note that there are three books on my special bookshelf (as opposed to the numerous other bookshelves downstairs full of random books) that I do not like.  They are three Star Wars books.  They stand alongside the great authors pretending to be equal in skill and quality but I see them as imposters.  They are there simply as a compromise of married life. 

These books are the Han Solo Trilogy.  To be fair, Han Solo is a classic all in his own right.  The books, on the other hand, not so much.  The first book, The Paradise Snare, on its cover entices with the words “Before the legends… Before the triumphs… A young man’s quest begins.”

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Swinging



By: William G. Muir
Such simple advice, but how many of us follow it? How many of us are willing to just throw in the towel when the going gets to be too much for us to handle? Just keep swinging. It sounds so easy. It seems like the most logical thing in the world. Yet for too many people they would rather retreat when things become difficult rather than stand up and fight for those things that are the most important for them. Life is the most amazing gift we will ever receive, but there are those that are willing to give up on it. 

BLOGHOPPER: Are Indie Books Worth Reviewing?


BlogHop: An awesome read by someone else...

Tara Maya's Blog

Her guest writes about how people are refusing to read and review independent authors.

Here are just a few lines from the post!

The boundary between “good book” and “bad book” doesn't happen to coincide with the frontier between indie-published and legacy-published books.


          No Indies is as arbitrary as No Jews or No Women.
But to decline all indie-published books because they can't possibly be good is like refusing to read books penned by women or by Jews because no woman or Jew could possibly write something worth reading.

You know you want to read the rest. Visit her blog and support your Indi Books! 

Author of the Week: Paul Leslie Griffiths


Image of Paul GriffithsPaul Leslie Griffithswebsite: http://www.streamlinerseries.co.uk
Genre: Horror,Supernatural,Thriller
WARNING THE STREAM LINER SERIES OF BOOKS HAVE STRONG HORROR SCENES, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR HAPPY ENDINGS PLEASE DO NOT BUY.

The Stream Liner is a powerful alien who crash landed on earth hundreds of years ago, his only goal is to somehow go home, he has no challengers on this planet, and humans to him are nothing more than ants. To keep him from not going insane he devises his own games, these games normally exist of people, men and women as he has no preference, where he can manipulate and make them do things that they would never normally dream of in their own life.

One of the main characters, a young girl by the name of Shannon is struggling to keep herself and her only brother left in this world away from the drugs and gang violence that is rife in their home town, the only problem is Ben her brother has no intention of keeping out of trouble, he has joined a gang and he thinks this is his best way of protecting his sister, he loves the control this gives him over other people. As in real the real world nothing in life is that simple, Shannon's life gets turned on its head as the books go on, finding love is the easy part keeping what she wants is another thing. What with the Stream Liner and a serial killer on the loose nobody is safe, one thing is for sure though Shannon has not come this far to lose what she has left in her life.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

First & Last Pre-Review 1



FIRST & LAST
by Michala T. 

The first of the book and the last of the book are very key elements, in my opinion, of any novel. The first can either hook you in with talons, claws, or paws…depending on how gripping the opening sentence is. And the last sentence can either sink the boat and make you wish you had never suffered through the agonizing pain of such a book or the ending can dawdle in your mind, lingering over minutes, days, and if it’s a really good ending…weeks and months. Some amazing firsts cling to us, “It was the best of times…” and some endings live with us forever, “And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, every one!” It may not even be the First or the Last that sticks inside us…but they are the very elements that shoved us into a book and closed up a book with either tears of joy, sadness, or frustration. 
Now, I welcome you to the first edition of First & Last as I pre-review the next book I will be reading. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Reminder of What It Means To Inspire

Sean Swarner

What They Said Monday By JccKeith

A couple of years ago, I came across this guy and watched his story.  It is quite the amazing story.  Sean Swarner is quite the amazing guy.  He accepts friend requests on Facebook and continuously updates his status on Twitter and Facebook with various events and activities he is involved with.  He travels around, telling his story and offering hope to people who may have had none or who are battling a seemingly hopeless situation.  He inspires and motivates.  

Following is the ESPN segment Outside the Lines featuring Sean Swarner's story:



Tonight when I checked my Facebook news feed I saw Swarner's latest update:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I Can Read... I Just Don't Understand Your Language


My One-Sided View

By JccKeith

Recently, I had gone on a quest to find five to ten independent authors to recommend to our readers here at BiteMyBook.  The majority of people I follow on Twitter and who in turn follow me are independent authors.

Unable to coerce anyone into singling out a few of the authors, I had to look through hundreds of them myself.  I had hoped to make the process easier by having recommendations by others.  I found most people were unwilling to recommend only a few as there are many, many authors out there and it would be unfair to ignore the rest.

With no recommendations, I began randomly clicking on authors and viewing their works.  I was expecting to be awed by their novels.  The fact that many of them had trilogies and series’ and seemed to be popular excited me.  Unfortunately, what I found was a little discouraging.

I am certain there are people out there who will disagree with me or in general not like my opinion.  As I began reading some of these works, I found I could not understand or follow along with the story.  At the worst, some of these stories consisted mainly of colloquial phrases, local slang and language that only people from their country or region of origin would understand.  I found myself spending more time looking up the meaning of these phrases and language usages than I did reading.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Book review: Book 2 Not Quite Best Seller Quality

By: Michala T.

Up To Me by M. Leighton

Up to Me (The Bad Boys, #2)The Bad Boys Series by M. Leighton welcomes the second installment Up to Me. If you remember, my review of Down to you was given rave reviews on this site. I was thrilled with the novel. So I was very much the eager woman when I learned book two was finally available.

We left off in book one where Olivia Townsend learns the truth of the Cash/Nash ordeal (the hot and bothered, sexy bad boys). M. Leighton left us with a mysterious stalker like presence in book one.

Up to Me opens the scene with Olivia and Cash, still in that stage of ‘can’t get enough of each other’ and still, Olivia deals with her unfortunate history of getting way too involved with the wrong types of men. She doesn’t trust herself and she is constantly doubting Cash. And yet she is head over hills for him.

While they are keeping their relationship on the down low it seems the mysterious people from Cash’s father’s past have figured out a thing or two about the people who mean something to Cash and are more than willing to use them as leverage. Cash has information they want and they soon get hold of something he wants.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Joy to the World Three Dog Night Lyric Review


By JccKeith

TGIFLRT!  That means, Thank Goodness It's Friday Lyric Review Time!

I have been hearing this song since I was a kid.  Joy to the World is not played as often as some others but I hear it every now and again on the classic rock stations.  It is a classic.  It’s catchy, easy to understand and remember.  Knowing someone, as I do, named Jeremiah, it was common to hear people say the first line of this song.

For those of you who don’t know the song I’ve included a clip.  For the rest of you, who maybe didn’t understand some of the terms used or didn’t really pay attention, I have the lyrics.  I’ve even taken time out of my busy Friday to analyze, or at least explain, the lyrics for you.



Joy to the World Lyrics by Three Dog Night:

Jeremiah was a bullfrog  [Jeremiah, good name, by the way, was a guy with a deep voice or a good buddy.  The term bullfrog was at one time a commonly used slang word for a guy with a deep or gravelly and sometimes hard to understand voice.  I cannot offer any verification of that, as I looked all over the internet to find a reference but all I have is what I remember hearing it was when I was a kid in the late 70s and early 80s.  According to the internet, in those times it was also CB slang for a ‘good buddy.’  For those who have no idea what a CB is, it was before cell phones and even pagers, it was a radio system many people had in their vehicles or homes.  CB technically means Citizens’ Band radio, you had a radio, antenna and a walkie talkie type thing that you spoke into and heard others speak through connected with a cord to the radio/system]

Was a good friend of mine [Based on this follow up line, I believe it references bullfrog being a good buddy]

I never understood a single word he said [Then this follow up line references someone with a deep or hard to understand voice]

But I helped him drink his wine [I often assisted him with imbibing alcoholic beverages made from fermented grapes with him]

And he always had some mighty fine wine [The alcohol made from fermented grapes he often had was quite good]

Singin’


Joy to the World [I wish everyone on the planet happiness]

All the boys and girls  [I wish happiness to all male and female children]

Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea [I even wish happiness to all of the fish present in the deeper regions of the larger bodies of blue saline water possibly connected to oceans or perhaps lacking a natural outlet]

Joy to you and me [I wish happiness to you and to myself]


If I were the king of the world [If I were the male chief authority figure, probably through inherited rite, of the entire planet]

Tell you what I’d do [I will inform you of my intentions]

I’d throw away the cars and the bars and the war [I’d get rid of all vehicles, all retail business establishments which sell alcohol, and the organized, prolonged conflicts between groups, parties, states, or organizations –or this could be seen, in light of the situation at the time of this song’s writing, as him saying he’d get rid of all the cars (pollution, money related problems), places where people go to drink and hang out, and the wars going on at the time and in this way, unite everyone]

Make sweet love to you  [fornicate nicely or perhaps passionately with you]

Sing it now

Joy to the World [see previous explanation on these lines]
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

You know I love the ladies  [He really likes females]

Love to have my fun  [He likes to do things with females, most likely things of a sexual nature]

I’m a high life flyer and a rainbow rider  [Someone who is a high life flyer is one who through hard work is now successful at what he/she does, so he is saying he is a successful person and a rainbow rider is a drug reference, could be smoking pot, could be doing LSD, basically someone who gets high through drugs =he has a good time]

A straight shootin son-of-a-gun  [He’s a good guy, this is NOT any sort of reference to homosexuality or heterosexuality, at that time, such was not the major cultural topic it is now]

I said a straight shootin son of a gun [He repeats, he is a good guy]

Chorus repeat 8X (For the most part, he throws in a little mix around or shortening of some of the words in each chorus but they’re pretty much the same words till the end of the song)


There it is folks.  The lyrics are just a good time, happy song wishing everyone, including aquatic creatures and children, joy.  Listen and enjoy.  Joy to you and yours.